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Wireless connection problems

My Satellite has generally VERY WEAK and very unstable connections to wireless. Only if I am right next to a very strong hub does the signal remain strong and intact - and even then it may cut out every 20-30 minutes. In my house 5 of us use the wireless and everyone else is just fine, but mine again only works very near the hub - and again with breaks (often meaning downloads have to be restarted, etc.)

I am using the Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG hardware and have downloaded the latest drivers and have set the power use to maximum. I'm not 100% sure about the other settings. I have enabled throughput enhancement. Should I maximize roaming aggressiveness? Should I purchase an external USB wireless adaptor?

Any other suggestions?

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  • philosopher Jan 16, 2008

    Thanks OminiousD,

    I did go out and buy a Belkin G+ wifi USB antenna. It was pricy, at about $85, but it works great, so I'll consider my problem solved. If I had the time to play around with less expensive ones, I would have.

    Thanks again.



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I would see if buying a cheapy PCMIA wireless card and trying that out.

It sounds like your wireless card might be screwed up. And there are so many things that can interfere with those things. They are kind of finicky.

Definitely look into getting a PCMIA or USB wireless device and try it out. I personally wouldn't buy something that was pricey and would try and get something reasonable. REMEMBER 802.11 is backwards compatible (G is compatible with B AND A) so you don't necessarily need the newest greatest thing.

Best of luck.

~Ominious Depression

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